Trump has 'no intention' of firing special counsel Mueller: White House


The Senate testimony of ex-FBI boss James Comey dominated the headlines last week, but the latest announcements from Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation could be a more ominous indication of trouble on the horizon for the Trump administration. I always speak for myself and not the president, he has his own spokesmen, although I think they are in need of help from time to time. Senators on Tuesday questioned both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on how the inquiry is being handled.

Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax Media, based his Mueller comment on a television interview with one of Trump's lawyers.

A senior political writer for the newspaper sounded the alarm in a piece titled, "Is Robert Mueller conflicted in Trump probe?"

Ruddy originally shared his belief with PBS' Judy Woodruff on "PBS NewsHour" Monday after visiting the White House earlier.

The White House said in a statement that Ruddy 'never spoke to the President regarding this issue'.

After Comey didn't let it go, Trump fired him too. Gen. Jeff Sessions has stepped aside from any role in the Russian Federation investigation - recusal is the legal term - Deputy Atty.

Mueller, who was appointed by the Justice Department in May to replace ousted FBI Director James Comey, has built a team of formidable legal minds who've worked on everything from Watergate to Enron.

Trump interviewed Mueller for the director's position days before Rosenstein picked Mueller as special counsel for the Russian Federation probe, Sanders confirmed Tuesday.

"I'd urge that these attacks on Mr. Mueller be ceased, and that my friends on the other side of the aisle join me in defending his reputation". During the interview, Ruddy stated that Trump is "considering perhaps terminating" Mueller.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that Trump was angered about news stories in conservative sites about Mueller's connections with Comey and had to be convinced by aides to not fire the special counsel. Developed most aggressively by Vice President Dick Cheney and his legal advisers during the presidency of George Bush, the theory of the unitary executive was cited by White House Counsel John Yoo to justify the use of torture. Nixon directed his attorney general and deputy attorney general to fire Cox, but they refused and resigned. To understand Trump's next move, look at who Mueller is hiring.

Prominent allies of Mr Trump are turning on Robert Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief who was appointed to oversee the Justice Department's inquiry into election meddling by the Kremlin. "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair".

For all the talk of how no one in the West Wing tells the president "no", many people do - though often unsuccessfully. Ruddy agrees that the move would be a wrong move, but dismissed the investigation Mueller is overseeing.